If you like to do spring cleaning for your house, then why not spring clean your body at the same time? Your body is the most important house you'll ever have, and just like the place you live, it accumulates unnecessary things and needs a bit of deep cleaning every once in a while.
How do you go about spring cleaning your body?
The best way to cleanse your body is to optimize the function of your organs that eliminate waste. These organs are your liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, and skin. When these parts of your body work at peak performance, it's like having the pro's clean your place up.
Below are ways to support each organ in their natural waste-removal process. Do as much
as you can for a few weeks and you'll be good to go!
LIVER: This is the major organ of elimination, acting as a “filter” for, and detoxifier of, all the
toxins that enter or are created in the body. Therefore, it is the most important organ to take
care of when you need some spring cleaning.
Foods that support liver function include green leafy vegetables (kale, collards, mustard greens, spinach, dandelion greens), cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes), cucumbers, beets, garlic, onions, artichokes, sprouted seeds, and all raw and juiced vegetables.
Roasted dandelion root tea is a great drink for helping the liver function at its best. Since the liver is so busy detoxifying, give it a rest from alcohol and processed foods for the time being.
KIDNEYS: The best way to support kidney function is to make sure you drink plenty of water
every day to help flush out the system. For most people, the ideal amount is about 8 cups per
day. Parsley is a great food to cleanse the kidneys, so add it to your soups or salads
INTESTINES: Chew your food well and do not drink much at mealtime because it dilutes
your digestive acids. Stick to a whole-foods diet with plenty of fiber from vegetables to keep
yourself regular. A clogged digestive system makes it really hard to eliminate unnecessary
LUNGS: Add some deep breathing every day. Inhale deeply through the nose, allow it to
push out your lower belly, then exhale slowly. You don't need to set aside special time for
this. Just find a way to get in around 100 deep breaths per day. Do it while at a stoplight, in
traffic, while listening to music, etc.
SKIN: One simple thing you can do for your skin is dry skin brushing. Use short, very light,
frequent strokes towards the heart using a dry natural brush, sponge, or loofa. This not only
removes dead skin cells but also improves circulation to move out toxins from your skin.
Dr. Melissa DeForest: I am a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in digestive disorders. My goal is to educate, inspire, and empower others to lead a life they love.
Disclaimer: All information presented here is for educational purposes only, and should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise, supplement, or diet routine.